McAnuff vows to keep Reading FC in the play-offsBy Jonny Fordham
December 28, 2011
Jobi McAnuff has warned Ipswich Town of Reading’s desire to cap off 2011 with another win to consolidate their play-off credentials.
Rampant Royals saw off Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 on Boxing Day to break into the play-off zone for the first time since August and mark the halfway point of the season in style.
Another home victory against Ipswich on Saturday (3pm kick-off) would see Brian McDermott’s men end the year with six wins in their last seven, maintaining their record as the Championship’s form team
“We normally leave it a little bit later (to get into the play-offs), but we thought we would try earlier this year,” joked McAnuff.
“There is a lot of hard work to go, but it’s nice to put ourselves in position like that. Hopefully we can now get another result before the end of the year and kick on in the second half of the season.
“It will be a difficult game against Ipswich.
“In this league you can’t take anything for granted and we have to make sure we’re ready for that game.
“We would love to finish this year on a high and if we could do that it will have been a good run of games. Everyone at the club is pulling in the right direction. We’re very much a team and that is always in mind.”
Reading are enjoying their best run since April and after an indifferent start to the season look to have finally found their feet.
“The season has gone quickly so far. Every year seems to pass quicker,” said Royals’ captain, who scored twice against the Seagulls.
“We had a bit of a slow start, but have had a good couple of months and look forward to the second half of the season.
“I’m still learning certain aspects with the captaincy. It’s something I love and I’m looking to grow into more and more.”
Reading beat Ipswich 3-2 at Portman Road in a dramatic comeback win on November 26.
That victory was the catalyst for a run of form that has seen Royals rocket up the league table.
The visit of the Suffolk side to Madejski Stadium will also see the return of Ibrahima Sonko, while Ivar Ingimarsson, another former Royals favourite, is also in contention after recovering from a broken nose.
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